Why the High Peaks of Western Maine

With 10 of the highest peaks in Maine, the High Peaks area is one of Maine’s wildest places.

Stretching over 230,000 acres, the High Peaks is home to old-growth forests and growing populations of bobcats and lynx.

View a map of the area under consideration for a High Peaks wildlife refuge below:

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Why the High Peaks?

Because they are still so wild, the High Peaks area is critical for wildlife. It’s also a living laboratory to study the effects of climate change.

See also:

Climate adaptation in the Northern Forest

Climate change

A warming world threatens wildlife as well as people. Keeping the High Peaks region protected will help moose, bears, bobcats and other wildlife adapt to climate change. Protecting the High Peaks will:

  • Help wildlife migrate to cooler areas
  • Prevent wildlife habitat from fragmenting

Wilderness escapes

The Appalachian Trail runs through the High Peaks, unbroken by roads for more than 30 miles. The High Peaks offers nearly unprecedented opportunities to really get away from it all.

See also:

Experience the Northern Forest

Outdoor Recreation


Wildlife of the High Peaks

The High Peaks area is home many species of wildlife and birds, such as:

  • Golden eagles
  • Moose
  • Bobcats


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